Randal L Hale Jr.

August 31, 1945July 20, 2016
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Randal Lewis Hale Jr., of Haddam, passed away Wednesday July 20th at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a brief illness. Randy grew up in Essex where he lived a storybook life on the water. After graduating from Valley Regional High School Randy moved to Baltimore where he met and married Elizabeth Supik Hale, his wife and best friend for more than 50 years. Randy was a brilliant man who could do anything. He had many careers and hobbies. He was one of the youngest people to earn an Amateur Radio operators license. As a young man Randy worked as a ski patrol. Randy was an avid boater/sailor and small plane pilot. He served in the Army during the Vietnam Era. Randy had a long career in radiology that included all aspects of the field. His hobbies included magic and slight of hand. Randy loved music especially Irish music and Sea shanties. He had a nac for picking up most stringed instruments. Randy held a Master Mariners Ticket and worked for a local tour boat company. He recently joined the Haddam Volunteer Fire Company, as with all his interests, Randy jumped in with both feet. Randy owned Hale Propeller in Old Saybrook with his son Randy III. Randal was a huge presence that will be truly missed by many. Randy is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth, his son Randal Lewis Hale III (Margaret), his daughter Celeste Hale Pettyjohn (Scott), grandchildren Jordan Sommer Pettyjohn, Skylar Elizabeth Hale, Randal Patrick Hale, Jason R. Pettyjohn (Tara), Melissa S. Pettyjohn, and great-grandsons Tanner and Chase Pettyjohn, Brother Robert Hale Sr. (Pauline), sister Cheryl Hale (Robert), scores of in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Randal L. Hale Sr., Doris Dimock Hale, and his sister Edith Grotta. A Catholic service for family and close friends will be held at Swan Funeral Home in Old Saybrook, on Monday July 25th at 12:30p with calling hours beginning at 11am. A public service to include out of town family and friends will be held in mid September. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Randy’s name to the Valley Shore Animal Welfare League in Westbrook, Old Saybrook Fire or Police K9, or Haddam Volunteer Fire Co.


  • Visitation Monday, July 25, 2016
  • Memorial Prayer Service Monday, July 25, 2016

Randal L Hale Jr.

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Ed Kelly

September 17, 2016

Ed Kelly

September 17, 2016

I believe that in some small way a life is analogous to a river. It is not only its length that matters but its depth and breadth -- and the life it touches, nurtures and sustains. By any standard, Randal Hale, Jr's life was a great one and continues with those he touched.

Edgar Riozzi

August 17, 2016

I was deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of Randal Hale. I have enjoyed knowing Randal for several years in a business capacity and have always found him to be a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are for the entire Hale Family

Frank Sparks

August 15, 2016

My sincere condolences to your family. Randy was a truly interesting man who lived a very full life. Sincerely, Frank Sparks

Stew & Stacey Foster

August 3, 2016

Sending our deepest condolences to your family. So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

August 2, 2016

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hale family. Randal was a a true renaissance man, with whom I greatly enjoyed conversing. I appreciated his great intellect and wit. He will be sorely missed.
Steve Powers and all of the Powertech Propeller family.

Gary Linden

August 2, 2016

We are very sorry to hear of Randal's passing. I recently spoke to him on the phone and he never sounded like he was ill or that anything was bothering him. That shows his strength in many ways. He will be sadly missed by many.

Our deepest sympathy to the Hale family,
Linden Propeller Co., Inc.
Dubuque, Iowa

Mark Dickinson

August 2, 2016

Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. Our deepest condolences from all of us at Nautilus Marine Fabrication and Propeller.
Steve Brenton, Jim and Lisa Patten, Mark Dickinson, Dave Wade, Ernie Winters, Gerry Richardson, Ray Carignan, Joel Wescott, Paul Youngblood, Scott Doan, Joe Rickartz

Vicki & JJ Stelter

July 30, 2016

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Both you and Randy were so welcoming when we moved into the neighborhood a few months ago. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

bruce chappell

July 28, 2016

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"

And that is dying...Henry Van Dyke